The Weekly Route is back! This week’s affixes are Tyrannical
, and Enchated-heavy Beguiling
This is a rough combination of affixes for your tank - they have to look 15 seconds into the future at all times to avoid the nightmare scenario of dying to stacks of Bursting while unhealable due to Necrotic stacks. Necrotic does disappear almost instantly upon dropping combat, but it’s very easy for one mob to live for a few seconds longer than the others, and that can be fatal if your tank hasn’t dropped stacks by kiting as the pack ends. Be warned that if emissaries are involved, they can keep you in combat while they’re teleporting away! Necrotic is also one of the affixes that most increases the difficulty of boss fights, so the combination with Tyrannical makes some encounters extremely challenging.
If you’re interested in a set of routes aimed at very high level players, check out Lashga’s
. He’s designs a set of very thorough routes for this week for his own push group, so they’re specially tailored for Alliance
players as they feature skips that work well with Shadowmeld
. These are quite complicated strategies, though they also have explanations for most of the tricky stuff. If you’re confused by anything in there, stop by his stream
and ask him about it! Note that his routes usually go up on Wednesday, around when the European servers reset.
The Weekly Routes
The toughest part of this dungeon is likely to be Tyrannical/Necrotic Vol’kaal
- it’s hard to drop stacks since the boss has a pretty quick attack speed, so consider having someone taunt it for a few seconds halfway through the fight so that you can avoid the tank getting unhealable.
Read more on Atal’Dazar Dungeon Abilities.Captain Eudora
is the friendly captain this week, which is good news since it’s Tyrannical week! You’ll still need to watch out for the other bosses - this week in particular, Harlan Sweete
can be quite lethal in the last phase if not killed quickly, since his attack speed doubles so he can very quickly stack Necrotic on the tank.
Read more on Freehold Dungeon Abilities.
Watch out for a surprise Enchanted Emissary spawn when you’re fighting King A’akul
in the gauntlet! Also do your best to remove raptors quickly from the King Dazar
encounter to stop them from applying too many Necrotic stacks to your tank. You can save your bloodlust for that fight or use it on Kula the Butcher
- Kula tends to be the better lust if your tank can handle Necrotic Dazar, but in a pinch you can use it to help there and shift more pressure on to the healer during Kula the Butcher.
Read more on Kings’ Rest Dungeon Abilities.
Most small enemies in this dungeon do not burst, with the notable exception of Tidesage Initiates
. Make sure to avoid stacking too many bursts while your tank still has Necrotic stacks! In some cases the fastest strategy will be to just accept that the tank’s gonna die and just kill everything and then rez.
Read more on Shrine of the Storm Dungeon Abilities.
Our Siege of Boralus example route is based off the Horde
pathing and will require some modification if you’re Alliance
There are a few pulls that will quickly put out high Bursting stacks on the group as Necrotic begins to ramp up on your tank - early kiting is a good option against these, or powering through with defensive cooldowns. You’ll also need to be careful if you’re using Spotters
to kill stuff - you may refresh your Bursting stacks if you aren’t careful!
Read more on Siege of Boralus Dungeon Abilities.
The good news is that Bursting isn’t too much of a problem in this dungeon. The bad news is that Tyrannical and Necrotic can be very hard to handle, especially on Galvazzt
, a boss that you really can’t kite to drop stacks. If you can avoid wiping in the dungeon and you can defeat that boss, you can almost certainly beat the timer no matter how slowly you pull. Great classes to bring this week to help your tank are those with immunities and taunts, like Havoc Demon Hunters, Holy/Retribution Paladins, and Arms Warriors, as that combo can facilitate dropping Necrotic during that crucial third boss.
Read more on Temple of Sethraliss Dungeon Abilities.
This dungeon is not actually that bad this week. There are a few small enemies that will stack a bit of bursting on the group, but there aren’t swarms of them, and there are a few large enemies that are not crowd-controllable so they’re hard to kite, but these often stand still to cast, which can give an opportunistic tank the ability to open up some distance and drop Necrotic stacks.
Read more on The MOTHERLODE!! Dungeon Abilities.
There are some of the same tough Tides emissaries this week as there were last week. It’s a good idea to have access to a poison dispel for the one next to a Diseased Lasher
. Sporecaller Zancha
is a boss with a bit of a strange behavior - while it’s channeling the Festering Harvest
, it will continue to melee the tank if they’re in range, so the tank has to be sure to step back if they want to use this time to drop Necrotic stacks.
Read more on The Underrot Dungeon Abilities.
Depending on your group’s composition, you may want to free all the Irontide Raiders
before engaging Jes Howlis
- otherwise you’ll have to fight them with the boss and that can very quickly stack Necrotic to lethal levels on your tank. If you have big bursty AoE cooldowns like Combustion or Avenging Wrath then it’s usually safe to let them come during the fight, but otherwise you’ll likely want to kill them first and remove a pull or two from later in the dungeon (as they give count only if pulled before the boss fight).
Read more on Tol Dagor Dungeon Abilities.
One boss that can be surprisingly challenging this week is Raal
- if you aren’t quickly killing the adds he spawns, they’ll add a bunch of Necrotic stacks to your tank, and if those adds are still up when the boss starts his cast sequence, that natural opportunity to drop stacks disappears. Focusing on taking out those adds quickly goes a long way!
Read more on Waycrest Manor Dungeon Abilities.
About the AuthorDratnos
hosts the The Titanforge WoW Podcast
. He’s also an Officer in the guild Poetry Club
. He loves playing Prot Paladin, Elemental Shaman, and all three Rogue specs, and creates guides to them along with other content on his YouTube channel. He streams on Twitch, where he likes to review his friends’ logs.